NCAA: Bamboo thrills crowd as Season 95 officially opens

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 07 2019 01:49 PM

MANILA - The 95th season of the NCAA officially opened at the Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday, with an energetic performance by the league's member schools and Philippine rock icon Bamboo.

Performers from the NCAA's 10 member schools put on a show that highlighted Philippine culture, integrating elements of the traditional fiesta and putting modern twists to folk dances such as the tinikling and the cariñosa.

It was Bamboo who fired up the crowd with hits such as "Awit ng Kabataan" and "Noypi," before Arellano chairman Francisco Cayco officially declared the season open.

"Maging kaisa sa pagkakaiba," said Cayco, a reference to this season's theme. 

"Ito ang simula ng NCAA nobenta'y singko," he declared.

The men's basketball tournament opens with a double-header featuring host school Arellano against defending champion San Beda, and Letran against last season's losing finalist, Lyceum. 

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Scenes from the NCAA Season 95 opening ceremony at the Mall of Asia Arena. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Scenes from the NCAA Season 95 opening ceremony at the Mall of Asia Arena. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Scenes from the NCAA Season 95 opening ceremony at the Mall of Asia Arena. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Scenes from the NCAA Season 95 opening ceremony at the Mall of Asia Arena. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Scenes from the NCAA Season 95 opening ceremony at the Mall of Asia Arena. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Scenes from the NCAA Season 95 opening ceremony at the Mall of Asia Arena. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Scenes from the NCAA Season 95 opening ceremony at the Mall of Asia Arena. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Scenes from the NCAA Season 95 opening ceremony at the Mall of Asia Arena. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Scenes from the NCAA Season 95 opening ceremony at the Mall of Asia Arena. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Scenes from the NCAA Season 95 opening ceremony at the Mall of Asia Arena. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Scenes from the NCAA Season 95 opening ceremony at the Mall of Asia Arena. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Scenes from the NCAA Season 95 opening ceremony at the Mall of Asia Arena. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Scenes from the NCAA Season 95 opening ceremony at the Mall of Asia Arena. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Scenes from the NCAA Season 95 opening ceremony at the Mall of Asia Arena. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Scenes from the NCAA Season 95 opening ceremony at the Mall of Asia Arena. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Scenes from the NCAA Season 95 opening ceremony at the Mall of Asia Arena. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

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